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"This event triggered a kind of awakening within me, I've never felt before." is from an AHWW post on December 27, 1994. 
In most cases, Therians report having an awakening experience before encountering the online Therian community, and speak of this event as what spurs them to search out others having the similar feelings.
Generally, individuals who report having an awakening experience after discovering the concept of Therianthropy online are viewed with some amount of skepticism.
- See also: Awere